Syncretism will kill us!

In the Old Testament times, most made a living with agriculture. There was a constant temptation to worship the fertility gods in hopes of bringing in a good crop. What do we worship today? Could our culture be too occupied with money, sex, power, and beauty?  What about our fixation on having everything immediately? If we don’t want to wait on the LORD, then maybe we will try to save ourselves by blending religions (something has got to work). Humanism? Relativism?

In the first six verses of the Biblical book of Zephaniah, we read that the sinners to be consumed on the “Day of the LORD” are the ones who turned their back on the LORD and those that divided their worship between God and their “made-up” gods. On that day of wrath, there will be ruin, anguish and devastation. To escape God’s wrath, humbly seek only the LORD Jesus!

Truth, integrity, honor…are these words pas-se these days?

Truth, integrity, honor…are these words pas-se these days? They may be to all of us earthlings, but they are not to God. People lie so often these days, it almost seems normal to do so. School teachers have been caught lying about and altering test results to make their efforts look better; sending the obvious though wrong student reaction: “if they do it, so can we”…and so the students cheat in great numbers. The media lies about and conveniently leave out their undesirable facts within their stories just to suit their political agendas. Honesty anyone?

Teachers, not knowing themselves about US history, teach revisionist untruthful lesson plans to fit a constructed liberal doctrine. Don’t believe me? …check out the new history books. Borne out of “inclusive language”, political correctness has now become censorship of free-speech. “Zero tolerance” in schools only proves to our students that teachers, administrators and adults at large, are unable to think, reason and solve problems. There is no integrity in lumping all action into one set of responses. Lacking the past integrity of a firm handshake, business contracts don’t mean anything today unless reinforced in a courtroom; assuming your insurance company allows you to even go to court in lieu of simply paying-off a frivolous lawsuit; thus adding gasoline to the frivolous lawsuit bonfires started by hoards of un-honorable people. Politicians call each other “honorable” and yet prove themselves to be the most corrupt, dishonest, liars of the bunch!

Friends, we are not in a good position in this country; we must get back to speaking the truth by disavowing liberal “relativism” and accepting that there is indeed an absolute truth. We must demand integrity in our leaders. We must expect honor again, and call it out when it goes missing. Apathy kills!

In the Book of Acts, chapter 5, we can read about Ananias and Sapphira. They sold a piece of property which was perfectly fine to do. They gave a portion to the Church which was perfectly fine to do. So, why did they die that every day? They died because they lied to the Holy Spirit and to the Church. They claimed that the money given to the Church was the money received from the sale of the property; if only they had simply told the truth…how easy that would have been!

God expects His disciples to be truthful. John 8:31-32…So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” It is interesting that if you simply tell the truth, you never have to worry about what you said years earlier. It actually produces freedom and peace in your heart. How right the Biblical text is in Zechariah 8:16…These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace. Certainly, you do not like people lying to you; don’t you long for honestly from others? Then, why don’t you act first? We are one family of earthlings; let truth begin with you. Ephesians 4:25… Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Truth, integrity, honor…are words that are NOT pas-se to God.

Reflecting on Chaos – Part 3

As I reflect more about our world, our culture, I see a complete breakdown in structure. Our great country was established with 3 equal branches of government; there were checks and balances. We now have a president who openly says he is going to go around congress. He unilaterally changes written law and a blind congress cheers him on! We have half the country wanting government to do everything for them; what will we have in another 5 years? Friends this is an extreme chaotic situation. All structure has become burry and fuzzy! Where is truth anymore in the dark abyss of relativism?

Published today, a great thinker of our day, Thomas Sowell wrote in his last paragraph on “Random Thoughts”:
“Once, when I was teaching at an institution that bent over backward for foreign students, I was asked in class one day: “What is your policy toward foreign students?” My reply was: “To me, all students are the same. I treat them all the same and hold them all to the same standards.” The next semester there was an organized boycott of my classes by foreign students. When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.”

With words better than mine, Dr. Sowell has painted a perfect picture of chaos. Everyone wants preferential treatment; how can that possibly have a chance of succeeding? Where is common sense? Where is balance? Where is forgiveness and grace? In a world such as what we are currently building at breakneck speed, we can only end up in destruction. SO…this begs the question…what can we do about it? It is obvious to me; we have to put back what we took out. And, what did we take out? The main structure of the universe, the Creator of you and me, the God who loves you so much He sent His only Son to come, show you how to live, and to give you a new start by taking your sins away. You have been redeemed, but salvation requires your action, you have to turn toward Him, have faith and believe in Jesus. Friends, we must put God back in our lives! Give Jesus Christ the preeminence in your life and you will see the dark chaos removed from your life. It will be such Good News that you will want to tell somebody else, and then somebody else, and then somebody else…and so it goes! It is our only salvation from chaos!